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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 42.

Camp on Vermillion Bayou, October 12, 1863.

Colonel [David] Shunk is hereby relieved from the command of his brigade* for failing to perform his duty and prevent marauding in his command. He will proceed to New Orleans, La., and report to the senior officer there, in arrest.+

Division commanders will cause this order to be read in each regiment on their parade to-day.

By order of Major General E. O. C. Ord:

WALTER B. SCATES,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 94.

Vermillion Bayou, La., October 12, 1863.

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IV. The citizens of Vermillionville, La., are authorized to organize themselves into a patrol, for the protection of themselves, their families, and personal property against marauders and thieves, white or back.

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By order of Major General E. O. C. Ord:

WALTER B. SCATES,

Lieutenant Colonel, and Asst. Adjt. General, Thirteenth Army Corps.

VERMILLION BAYOU, October 13, 1863.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

Commanding Department of the Gulf:

GENERAL: A citizen has just come in from the parish of Saint Landry, and had also traveled about 25 miles on our left flank; he reports that the enemy are between Washington and Holmesville. The most of their wagons and baggage have been sent on to Alexandria. He reports their force at about 10,000 men, under Generals Green, Walker, and Mouton; has seen no armed men on our left flank, and thinks their whole force intend to fall back, if pressed, to Alexandria. Until Sunday, the enemy have had a regular established line of couriers from Vermillionville and Opelousas to the Texas line. Reports that the Texans have driven almost every available negro into Texas. Kirby Smith is at Shreveport, and Governor Moore is also said to be there.

Everything quiet in our front. A train of seventy-five wagons with supplies has arrived from below, all right.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

[J. SCHUYLER CROSBY,]

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Copies to Generals Franklin and Ord.)

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Numbers 74.

New Orleans, October 13, 1863.

Colonel Charles C. Dwight, One hundred and sixtieth New York Volunteers, is relieved from duty as judge of the provost court of the De-

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*First Brigade, First Division.

*See Special Orders, Numbers 294, Department of the Gulf, November 25, 1863, p. 823.

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